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Old 04-18-2005, 01:06 AM   #1
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My first DIY: MTECH FRONT BUMPER!

I just installed the MTECH front bumper on my coupe this weekend. It's a pretty easy job and alot of it is very intuitive, but I thought I do a DIY for it anyways. Maybe someone will find it useful. If you have any questions or mistakes you like point out, please let me know.

http://www.teamcontinuum.com/Mtech_DIY1.htm

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Old 04-18-2005, 01:13 AM   #2
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Thank you for the DIY!

Car looks great, BTW!
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Old 04-18-2005, 01:48 AM   #3
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damn. coulda used that diy before mine was put on at the shop !


car looks great !!


i love my mtech
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Old 04-18-2005, 08:24 AM   #4
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nice writeup . I had the luxury of doing this two weeks ago without ramps
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Old 04-18-2005, 09:34 AM   #5
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Thanks guys!

KP, your car is wish I had the full kit like you!
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Old 04-18-2005, 11:21 PM   #6
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How much are the parts for the Mtech front bumper?

Also, can you buy the entire body kit in a group from the stealership and if so how much?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-19-2005, 12:38 AM   #7
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The DIY doesn't seems too difficult.

I want to do Mtech too, how much is the front bumper + painting? Also, for sedan, do I need to reused the black plastic molding? Anyone know?


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Old 04-19-2005, 06:22 AM   #8
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I have rhino ramps too. Although my car is too low to get up on them. I usually just jack up the car and lower them onto the ramps.
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Old 04-19-2005, 09:39 AM   #9
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The DIY doesn't seems too difficult.

I want to do Mtech too, how much is the front bumper + painting? Also, for sedan, do I need to reused the black plastic molding? Anyone know?


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Full kit between 800-1000
front only 500-600

painting 200-300 (front only) not sure how much more for full kit.

I think you have to buy a new plastic molding, don't think they're the same size

check your dealer for prices, got mine at PacificBMW (alot cheaper than my local dealer)
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Old 04-19-2005, 10:53 AM   #10
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Awesome write-up bro.
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Old 04-19-2005, 04:03 PM   #11
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do they have a diy for a facelifted 325i sedan? that would be helpful because i notice the fog light connectors are different.
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Old 04-19-2005, 07:58 PM   #12
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Does anyone know if the coupe and sedan kit installs are much different? and if so, how so??
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Old 06-06-2005, 10:30 AM   #13
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This is the new link for the DIY for the guys who wanted to see it, my other host went down. Sorry about that.

http://www.htownpokertour.com/Mtech_DIY1.htm
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Old 06-06-2005, 02:02 PM   #14
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Doing this without ramps is doable, it makes it very hard to get the two long I bolts that hold the bumper into the frame/support bar, but it can be done. Having done this twice in the last six months makes me want to get someone else to do it next time, ha.

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Doing this without ramps is doable, it makes it very hard to get the two long I bolts that hold the bumper into the frame/support bar, but it can be done. Having done this twice in the last six months makes me want to get someone else to do it next time, ha.

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Nah, it's easy. You don't need to lift the front of the car. I can have my front bumper off and on in under 5 minutes. I've gotten quite good at it.
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Nah, it's easy. You don't need to lift the front of the car. I can have my front bumper off and on in under 5 minutes. I've gotten quite good at it.
What's your secret to aligning those 2 long bolts, that was the most annoying part of all.. it took me forever keeping it straight with the T50 socket drive.
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What's your secret to aligning those 2 long bolts, that was the most annoying part of all.. it took me forever keeping it straight with the T50 socket drive.
Push the center grill on the MTech bumper in a little bit and you can actually reach inside and guide the bolt in by hand. Then you will have plenty of room to stick a ratchet extension up there.
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Does anyone know if the coupe and sedan kit installs are much different? and if so, how so??
I don't think they're much different. A bunch of guys here have put coupe M-Tech fronts on sedans and the fitment has been 90-95% perfect.
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Coupe bumpers don't fit on sedans. Coupes have wider fenders. The edges don't line up.
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